Board Stiff: A Dead-end Job Mystery

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New American Library, 2013 - FICTION - 272 pages
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Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont won't be sparing the sunscreen on their latest assignment, but they're about to find out murder is no day at the beach....

Will the Real Paddleboard Killer Please Stand Up?

There's a dark cloud over Sunny Jim's Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida's Riggs Beach--especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.

Between cutthroat competitors poaching his territory, the city threatening to revoke his license, a restaurant owner wanting his beach spot for a parking lot, and a wrongful death suit filed by the victim's husband, Sunny Jim may soon be up the creek without a paddle.

But he does have Helen and Phil on his side, and as the couple start to investigate, they discover dark undercurrents of corruption behind the cheerful facades of the beachfront businesses, as well as domestic secrets. But the sands of time are running out, and if they don't catch the killer soon, Sunny Jim won't be the only one to go under....

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User Review  - Icewineanne - LibraryThing

Hmmm........lots of good reviews but for me this was just an average cozy. Nothing special but an "ok" time-waster. If you're looking for a challenging read, look elsewhere. That said, it's a pleasant beach book which I'm sure is what the author intends. Read full review

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User Review  - DrLed - LibraryThing

Synopsis: Helen and Phil are running a successful private investigation business. They are hired to find out who is trying to ruin the business of a man renting paddle boards on the beach. However ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Elaine Viets has actually worked many of those dead-end jobs in her mystery novels, just like her character Helen Hawthorne. She is also the author of the Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper series and numerous short stories. Elaine has won an Anthony Award and an Agatha Award.

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